And Now We Will Predict the Entire Lineup of Pitchfork’s Forms Festival

11/28/2011 3:36 PM |


If you recall, a few months ago Pitchfork announced the latest addition to their expanding festival platform, this one a four-day showcase to “celebrate and explore the interconnected and growing worlds of independent music, art and gaming” called Forms. It’s set to take place February 1-4, 2012, with the music portion “focused across Bowery Presents venues,” whose websites denote dutifully carved out spots in their schedule for the fest. (Perhaps worth noting, Terminal 5’s site only marks Saturday, February 4 as being reserved for the festival, rather than all four dates, meaning you might only have to put up with traveling to Midtown once during Forms, but also suggests there will be only one 3,000-cap show, which is sort of a bummer.) Long story short, all things point that the festival lineup will be announced shortly. They have a fancy new website ready to go and everything. So let’s speculate…

With Forms’ grainy logo graphics and ambitions of crossing over into the art and technological worlds, it seems smart to put bets on acts that, for lack of a better word, cater towards a higherbrow crowd—the kind of kids who get a kick out of Matthew Herbert’s One Pig concept album and like to use the word “avant” a lot. According to Pitchfork, the festival will strive to showcase the “creativity, independence, innovation and interactivity happening in the growing platforms of music, art and gaming… Musicians will work with visual artists, game designers with musicians, game designers with artists,” suggesting a lineup whose music needs to easily translate into visual elements for the requisite art installments/video projections we assume will accompany most shows. Taking all that into account, as well as who hasn’t played in NYC recently, early winter album cycles, Pitchfork’s taste and their ability to pull off some bigger acts in smaller venues (hence, AnCo at Music Hall) and nudge some bigger names out of the woodwork (The Avalanches), here’s who we came up with. We might be totally wrong. (I’m actually really pulling for a Postal Service reunion.)

Terminal 5
Daft Punk – would be a Big Deal if they were able to pull off the long-awaited return of Daft Punk on American soil, and Pitchfork seems to like Big Deal shows
The Avalanches – same as above, especially considering rumors concerning a follow-up to their beloved 1999 Best New Music entry, Since I Left You, have been circulating since 2005… but, no, seriously, maybe this is the year it actually happens

Bowery Ballroom
Aphex Twin
Four Tet
St. Vincent
Holy Ghost! – need a DFA rep to stand in for LCD Soundsystem
Gang Gang Dance
John Maus
Matthew Herbert
James Blake – duh

Music Hall of Williamsburg
Animal Collective – a reach, for sure, but it could happen
The Field
Lana Del Rey – Pitchfork created Lana Del Rey, pretty sure, so they have to put her in their festival
Bradford Cox, in some form – wouldn’t be a Pitchfork event (or an indie music festival) without him

Mercury Lounge
Toro y Moi – would be an underplay at Mercury Lounge to help give the show a festival feel
The Weeknd
Gross Magic
Balam Acab
Anamanaguchi – at least one 8-bit band seems like a good bet, considering the emphasis on gaming, and these guys are one of the best
Oneohtrix Point Never
Diamond Rings
Wise Blood
The Men – Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy, who’s reportedly lending a hand with booking the fest, loves these guys
The Soft Moon (…and these guys)